Man hit in head with beer bottle, fights off would-be robber

BRADENTON -- A man fought back after another man hit him in the head with a beer bottle and tried to rob him in front of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, detectives reported today.

Just before 7 a.m. today, the victim was walking from home to the bus station in front of the sheriff's office on 1st Street, the sheriff's report stated. As he was cutting across the Family Dollar parking lot at 3626 1st St., he observed a man following him.

The suspect struck the victim on the head with a beer bottle, causing a two-inch laceration, the report stated. The suspect tried to rob the victim, who fought back. The suspect didn't take anything, and the two ran in different directions, the report stated.

The victim called 911, but K-9 dogs and patrol officers were unable to locate the suspect.